They shouldn't be working in the games industry if their goal isn't to make games - both morally, and financially.SnowWookie said:Sorry, but this video fucked me off. Big time.
Let me spell it out for you... remember that bit in the video where you said developers are there to make great games?
NO, THEY'RE FUCKING NOT. Developers want to get PAID. So they can eat, pay the mortgage, etc. They don't exist in some pure aesthete form just to make a perfect game. They work fucking hard and are in general vastly underpaid compared to what they could be getting doing a comparable job in a non game industry.
While I agree, there are some terrible, awful monetization models in the industry.... you can't just tar the whole industry with such a broad brush.
The games industry has some of the worst working conditions of any workplace or environment. Its long hours, the pay is terrible (comparatively), and the likeliness of being fired is extremely high. Like you implied, you could take any of the skills used to make video games (programming, art/visuals, sound design, etc), take it to a different sector, and make more money doing it there - without the brutal hours, working conditions, and with more job security.
It, financially, doesn't make sense to be in game design unless your goal is game design. In which case - you want to offer the best vision of your product that you can. A lot of companies will shovel out complete shit just to tuck money away for a pet project, which is understandable - but that doesn't mean we should be accepting of it. And Jim isn't throwing everyone under the bus. At all. If you're not refering to your customers as whales, or trying to make money off of ripping off kids, he doesn't seem to have a problem with them. And I'd imagine if something is controversial over, say, the ending, or an artistic design, the 'minimizing blowback' portion doesn't have effect - if you feel like you're making the right choice, you shouldn't expect blowback.
He wasn't demonizing EVERY company, nor was he demonizing EVERY company with a Free to Play model. He was demonizing the worst of the worst.